Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Day two into our Disney adventure, Max and I decided to hit up Hollywood Studios. The rides and special shows were more geared towards adults so we both had a lot more fun. Plus, fate must have favored us because we happened to be there on Friday the 13th so the park was open ate – until 1 AM. They even brought out Disney’s 13 most evil villains to celebrate!



main street

Our first ride was the Great Movie Ride. It wasn’t high speed, low drag, but it took you on a theatrical journey through all of the most classic Hollywood films. It really set the stage, so to speak, for our entire day at Hollywood Studios! It was great 🙂

Great movie


After that, we pinged around the park, trying to squeeze in as many shows and rides as humanly possible. We ended up getting Fastpasses for the most popular rides – Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Max loved the Tower of Terror; I was more a fan of the roller coaster. To each his own, right?


The distinguishing factor that really set Hollywood apart from the other parks were the shows. We went on the Studio Backlot Tour, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Lights, Motors, Action: Extreme Stunt Show, and Fantasmic.

The Backlot Tour gave you a snapshot into how directors and producers stage epic stunts. We saw explosions and special effects. It was great seeing how the magic happens from behind the camera.

Max and I really enjoy the Indiana Jones movies so when I saw this on the schedule, I knew we had to attend it. The actors basically reenacted all of Indiana’s best stunts from all his movies. It was great. He outran the giant rolling stone, rescued Marion in the marketplace and even managed to thwart the bad guys (again).


Lights, Motors, Action was similar to the Backlot Tour in that you got to see how producers and stuntmen make the magic happen…only this time it involved speedy cars, motorcycles, sea-doos, flames and a very special guest.



Yes, Lightning McQueen showed up to say hi! My nephew would have been dazzled (he’s Lightning McQueen’s biggest fan!)

The final show we attended was Fantasmic. At this point, we’d been at the park for what seemed like days. It was an evening musical compilation of all of Disney’s most classic characters. Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Pocahontas – they were all there with their Princes, dancing to the tune of Magician Mickey. The fireworks at the end were the icing on the cake. It was fantastic. Oops, I mean, fantasmic 🙂

Up next: our trip to Epcot!


7 thoughts on “Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

  1. That looks like a blast! I have fond memories of Disney(land) when we were kids. Our parents took us for the first time when we were 13 and we went to Universal Studios. Behind-the-scenes sneak peeks are so cool! I saw Bill Cosby on the set of Ghost Dad (which was a flop), the Psycho house on a hill, a mechanical Jaws (not nearly as scary as he looks in the movie), and we got to see how sounds effects are made. I would LOVE to go to one of the Disney parks as an adult!

  2. Ooh, the whole experience sounds very interesting! The part where you mentioned the ‘journey through all of the most classic Hollywood films’ really caught my attention. Was there a particular film that was a favorite for either of you? I hear you for McQueen, a few years ago my nephew would have been fighting for the biggest fan title. 😉

    • It was awesome! A great way to start the day. My favorite was the Mary Poppins exhibit (she was one of my favorite characters growing up – I even met her at the Magic Kingdom the day before!!) Max’s favorite was the scene from Alien 🙂 All of the scenes were really great though. The ride is basically a huge car with a conductor in front and let me just say, the conductor was apart of the action 😉 Definitely not a bystander!

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